Nina Palomba is a Los Angeles artist working in all painted realms from small toys to large scale murals. Her style involves a heavy use of original characters, bright colors and light hearted whimsical narratives. Read about Nina’s world in my latest artist interview.
You shared a few glimpses of Nina’s World in last year’s Tiny Wonderland show. Tell me more about what we can find there.
Nina’s World is a comic diary. It is filled with illustrated glimpses into my personal life through whimsical paintings. I think of all things I make as a freeze frame of sorts, capturing a moment in my life despite it being one that is positive or negative.The text and phrases I share are those that I keep in the back of my mind on the daily. All my work is different due to this, each piece has a story to tell.
You made a name for yourself in the Chicago street art scene. What brought you out to Los Angeles?
Chicago was the beginning step into what I am doing now. Developing my style and having the freedom to explore street art and my illustrated work definitely gave me the confidence to grow and press forward with what I do on a larger level. This ended up being the reason for moving to LA. I wanted to push myself in a city with no limits. I love LA! It’s been amazing. I’m so grateful and humbled from my experiences here this past year. I’ve accomplished things I’ve dreamt of doing since a kid. My work has gone into many new realms including miniatures and has developed immensely in a more mature direction. I feel being here has really made me view my work more seriously as well, wanted to truly nurture it and make it really stand out and speak for itself.
Do you think it’s more difficult for female artists to become known in the street art world?
I think now more than ever there are larger amounts of opportunity for women to share there creative voice on a larger scale in street art and public art, specifically murals. In the past I feel it was harder for women to break into and out of the world of graffiti which would then lead them potentially into street art and the gallery scenes. I feel a lot of that has become meshed together due to murals being completed by artists of vast backgrounds. Within the street art community I have become a fixture in, I am generally one of the only women working in my aesthetic and in the scale that I do. There are many amazing women in street art doing wonderful things, but I have yet to really connect with them.
My journey has been very interesting in that way. I’ve definitely been immersed in the more male driven end of it. As an LGBT artist, that is where this conversation has become more relevant for me. Going beyond gender and into an artist’s identity and how that has become a bigger narrative in art making. Through creating work and having these conversations I finally feel I have built the platform to share my true self, as well as share the things I feel most passionate about.
What’s next for Nina’s World?
So far 2017 has been great! Lots of good things stirring. A couple big murals are lined up which is always nice. I am mostly excited about working towards a Nina’s World cartoon this year as well as a comic strip.
Nina’s original “Life is but an Adventure” for The Mary Blair Tribute Show is on view at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland through June 11. Learn more about Nina’s artwork at her website.